China urges U.N. caution on N. Korea

Tokyo wants a 'strong' resolution

Kyodo News

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called Sunday for “an appropriate and balanced” U.N. Security Council resolution over North Korea’s nuclear test, apparently signaling that China won’t accept tougher sanctions against Pyongyang, a Foreign Ministry official said.

During talks with Yang in Tokyo, Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone emphasized the need to “swiftly” adopt a “strong” resolution and pointed out that China’s role is important in preventing North Korea from taking provocative actions.

Yang, however, told Nakasone that peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula are also important and that China wants “an appropriate and balanced” United Nations resolution.

The two foreign ministers meanwhile failed to make any progress on the Japan-China joint gas exploration project in a disputed area of the East China Sea.

Earlier in the day, Asia’s two biggest financial powerhouses pledged to help pump up the world economy and called for an early conclusion to global trade liberalization talks.

The agreement was reached between Nakasone and Vice Premier Wang Qishan during a one-day economic meeting.

The two economic giants also agreed to establish a working group to consider creating a legal framework and enforcing crackdowns to curb violations of intellectual property rights, according to a memorandum signed earlier in the day by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai and Commerce Minister Chen Deming.

Nikai and Chen agreed that the working group should meet once a year. Nikai asked that it convene its first meeting by the end of the year.

A 2004 study by the Japan Patent Office estimated that Japanese companies lost around ¥9.3 trillion in China from pirated goods.

Nikai said he asked Chen to drop an envisaged compulsory certification system for information technology products made by foreign companies. Nikai proposed that China refer such cases to an international certification system.

Chen was quoted as telling Nikai that Beijing took note of Japan’s high level of interest in the issue.

China says it will introduce the system next May.